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Students raise funds for volunteer project in Nepal


Brigid Veale
29 June 2009
Last year it was a goat. This year, a group of Southern Cross University students is aiming for a buffalo as part of their contribution during their visit to a small Nepalese village in Chitwan.

The Coffs Harbour Students' Association is raising funds for the village and a small number of students have volunteered to spend two months there during December and January, teaching English and assisting with community building projects.

It is the second year the students have been involved in the project, which is aiming to boost the local economy where the average income is just $100 per person per year.

Stacey Krohn, who moved from Hervey Bay to study at SCU, is completing a Bachelor of Social Science degree and is looking forward to making a contribution to the village during her two-month stay.

“We will be living in the village with a family who has agreed to host us. It will be great to have a different cultural experience. Hopefully we will be able to do a lot of things for the community while we are there. This is the work I have always wanted to do,” Stacey said.

She said the students were hosting a fundraising dinner in Coffs Harbour on July 3, with guest speaker former Supreme Court Justice and Southern Cross University Chancellor, the honourable John Dowd AO QC.

The dinner will be held at the Park Beach Bowling Club and will feature a three-course Nepalese-style meal and entertainment. All members of the public are welcome to attend. The cost is $50 per person.

The other students involved in the fundraising project are Caroline Mitchell, a psychology student, Simone Bawden, a social science student, Luke Jacobson, an information technology student and Harley Hunt, a North Coast TAFE student.

For more information or to book for the fundraising dinner contact the Southern Cross University Coffs Harbour Students' Association on 6659 3299 or email [email protected]

Photo: Coffs Harbour students will be spending two months in a small village in the Chitwan region in Nepal.